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Rick Warren and the Purpose That Drives Him: An Insider Looks at the Phenomenal Bestseller [Paperback]

By Richard Abanes (Author)
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Pages   144
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 7.8" Width: 5" Height: 0.5"
Weight:   0.35 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jul 1, 2005
Publisher   Harvest House Publishers
ISBN  0736917381  
EAN  9780736917384  


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With tens of millions of copies in circulation throughout the world, Rick Warren's The Purpose Driven Life is more than a book. It's become a cultural phenomenon-one that may be influencing you or someone close to you. Bestselling author/journalist Richard Abanes-a former staff member at Warren's church-provides an informative and thought-provoking look at the man and his message.

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With tens of millions of copies in circulation throughout the world, Rick Warren's The Purpose Driven Life is more than a book. It's become a cultural phenomenon-one that may be influencing you or someone close to you. Bestselling author/journalist Richard Abanes-a former staff member at Warren's church-provides an informative and thought-provoking look at the man and his message.
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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Bestselling author Richard Abanes is a nationally known religion journalist who has authored sixteen books, including The Truth Behind the Da Vinci Code and Harry Potter and the Bible. Richard has also worked as a professional singer, dancer, and actor on Broadway and in television/films, and he specializes in the area of pop culture and the entertainment industry. He is currently working on his first novel.

Richard Abanes currently resides in Rancho Santa Margarita, in the state of California.

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For anyone who has doubts of Warren's views and methods  Dec 30, 2005
Richard Abanes's insider look at the creator of the bestselling book The Purpose-Driven Life takes on critics and skeptics to prove the legitimacy of its derivation from the Bible. Abanes addresses everything from accusations of Warren teaching New Age beliefs to misrepresenting the gospel. Step by step, the reader receives behind-the-scenes clarification on Rick Warren and his book.

Richard Abanes, through an in-depth interview and story of Rick Warren's humble pastoral beginnings, shows the path of a growing church and the man who followed God to bring it there. The information in these sections is very thorough and provides the reader with a good sense of who Warren is as a person.

A look at Abanes' past work proves he is well equipped to the task of evaluating Rick Warren. He is recognized as an authority on cults and religions throughout the United States, and his experience is transparent through his writing. His words harbor refreshing proof instead of opinion and leave the reader with no questions unanswered on the subject. This aspect of the book is very effective in proving the author's point of how Rick Warren is a legitimate preacher of the Word of God.

The second half of this book functions as a frequently asked question and answer list where Abanes goes through every angle of criticism in order to refute it. The majority of the accusations against Rick Warren are negated with actual quotes from his books, as well as his sermons. In this part of the book, Abanes repeats himself in different ways seemingly to drive the point home, despite that it was already done in the paragraph beforehand. This becomes too repetitive for the reader who is not looking for that much detail or assurance, but very useful for someone who would nitpick every word.

I enjoyed Rick Warren and the Purpose That Drives Him and would recommend it for the numerous interesting facts about Warren and what he went through to start the church. I was dumbstruck after reading how his body is conditioned to react negatively with adrenaline, which makes preaching in front of large groups of people extremely difficult for him. The latter part of the book is tedious because of its reiteration of reasonings already established. I would easily recommend this book for anyone who has doubts of Rick Warren's views and methods to teach the Bible and its message. -- Jeremiah I. Larkin, Christian Book Previews.com
 
Excellent Job!  Dec 28, 2005
When I first heard about the criticisms of the Purpose Driven Life and thought I needed to examine them, I discovered a very hostile environment within the Christian community. I responded with anger, which was not necessarily productive. However, after being directed to Abanes book, I am now more at peace about it all. I realize that we are all struggling to find the truth. While some tear down others to find it, others become "doers" of the Word. I'm glad I figured out that Rick Warren and Saddleback are "Doers" of the Word.

Excellent job condensing the concerns and answering them.
 
Abanes and DeWaay - Same facts, different conclusion  Dec 21, 2005
I was fascinated reading Abanes' book on Warren and his ministry and comparing it to Bob DeWaay's new book, "Redefining Christianity, Understanding the Purpose Driven Movement." What was most compelling is that the factual claims made by both Richard Abanes and Bob DeWaay are the same! Abanes claims that Warren has designed a church for unbelievers where they will feel at home. DeWaay is claiming the same thing. In these two books we finally have a contrast that gets to the core of the Rick Warren controversy.

Abanes claims that the message of the gospel has not been altered and that Purpose Driven is a reformation of methods only. DeWaay, with extensive scholarly research supported by footnotes, claims that Rick Warren has redefined every major aspect of the message of Christianity and that he is leading a repudiation instead of a reformation. The contrast is compelling because the polemic and hyperbole have finally been set aside and the basic facts are identical.

We can finally see the issues themselves and consider them without mudlinging or "guilt by association" arguments.

I highly recommend that those with real questions buy both books, understand the arguments, and make up their own minds as to whether Purpose Driven is something to embrace or oppose.
 
Thanks for the personal look at Rick Warren's ministry  Nov 2, 2005
I felt uncomfortable at times reading The Purpose Driven Life and The Purpose Driven Church, but after a few reads, I can concur with most of both. Thanks for the personal look inside Rick Warren's ministry. I hope it will encourage many "grace killers" to reach out and minister to our culture.
 
3 stars  Sep 5, 2005
For the past couple of years, The Purpose Driven Life has been making its mark on the bestseller lists and in the lives of those who have read it. Churches across the world are engaging in forty day long campaigns using it as a guideline, and at least one miracle can be linked to it. This has brought a plethora of critics of both the book and the author. Reading this slim volume will give you insight to put to rest any qualms that might arise in your heart from hearing all the cons to the Purpose Driven Life. Mr. Warren's life and the purpose at its center are examined and revealed to be soundly grounded in Christian doctrine. If you have any doubts about Mr. Warren or his writing, then read this book, and you will be able to read the other books with complete freedom.

Reviewed by Amanda Killgore, Freelance Reviewer.
 

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